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Beirut explosion: Lebanon's president doesn't rule out 'rocket or bomb' as possible cause

Beirut explosion: Lebanon's president doesn't rule out 'rocket or bomb' as possible cause

Lebanon's president has said an investigation into the Beirut explosion is exploring the possibility it was caused by "a rocket or a bomb".Michel Aoun spoke on Friday after the number of victims in the explosion rose to 154, with another 5,000 people injured.Mr Aoun told local media: "The cause has not been determined yet."There is a possibility of external interference through a rocket or bomb or other act."International rescue teams are still searching the rubble of Beirut's port nearly three days after the .At least three more bodies were recovered in the 24 hours leading up to Friday...

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Arrest over 'satanic killings' of Hampshire sheep

Arrest over 'satanic killings' of Hampshire sheep

A 41-year-old man has been arrested after several sheep were killed and injured in "occult" attacks in Hampshire.Police have been investigating a in the New Forest for several weeks, with some involving Satanic-inspired symbols.A Hampshire Police spokesman confirmed the arrest of a Winchester man on suspicion of six counts of criminal damage."They relate to the deaths of sheep in Wittensford Lane and Kewlake Lane, Cadnam, and Penn Road, Bramshaw," the spokesman said.Police first expressed fears of modern-day Satanists targeting animals in the New Forest in November - though they have not...

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More than 100 migrants intercepted by UK authorities in English Channel

More than 100 migrants intercepted by UK authorities in English Channel

Border Force patrol vessels and local lifeboats have been involved in the rescue of more than 100 migrants in small boats in the English Channel this morning.At least seven rubber dinghies and a kayak were towed into Dover harbour.An inquiry has been launched by the Commons home affairs select committee, which wants to scrutinise the role of "criminal gangs" and the UK and French government's response to the issue.On Thursday, a freelance photographer in Dover said he counted more than 120 men, women and children, including a baby, being taken off Border Force vessels and a...

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'White' artificial intelligence risks exacerbating racial inequality, study suggests

'White' artificial intelligence risks exacerbating racial inequality, study suggests

The "whiteness" of artificial intelligence (AI) risks a "racially homogenous" workforce as humans create machines skewed by their biases, a study suggests.The University of Cambridge study examined AI in society, including in films, Google searches, stock images and robot voices.Researchers suggested machines have distinct racial identities and this perpetuates "real world" racial stereotypes.Non-abstract AI in internet search engine results usually had either Caucasian features or were the colour white, according to the researchers.Most virtual voices in devices talked in "standard white...

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Beirut explosion: At least 135 killed and 5,000 hurt in Beirut blast as officials put under house arrest

Beirut explosion: At least 135 killed and 5,000 hurt in Beirut blast as officials put under house arrest

The number of dead in Beirut's huge explosion has risen to at least 135, with around 5,000 injured and tens of people still missing.The rise was announced by health minister Hamad Hassan as rescuers continued a desperate search for survivors.Up to 300,000 people have been left homeless and families are still counting the casualties and searching for the dead.A two-week state of emergency in Beirut was also announced by Lebanon's cabinet, handing control of security in the capital to the military, as the disaster is investigated.The cabinet has ordered port officials involved in storing or...

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Audi apologises for 'insensitive' advert showing little girl eating a banana

Audi apologises for 'insensitive' advert showing little girl eating a banana

German carmaker Audi has apologised for an advert showing a little girl leaning on the front of a high-performance car while she eats a banana.The advert, promoting the Audi RS 4 Avant, was posted on the company's official Twitter account and attracted criticism from some social media users who described it as "sexually suggestive", "strange" and "creepy".Some critics pointed to the ad's slogan, which reads: "Lets your heart beat faster - in every aspect."Audi said the advert was a "mistake", tweeting: "We hear you and let's get this straight: We care for children."We sincerely apologise...

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New York in two hours and Sydney in five - Virgin gives first look at supersonic jet project

New York in two hours and Sydney in five - Virgin gives first look at supersonic jet project

Virgin Galactic has revealed designs for a supersonic passenger plane capable of flying three times the speed of sound.With a top speed of around 2,300mph (3,700kmh), it could fly from London to Sydney in just five hours - or to New York in less than two.Virgin has teamed up with engine-maker Rolls-Royce to work on the concept, which is still in the early stages.The delta-wing jet would cruise at above 60,000ft (18,300m), far higher than current passenger planes, but would only have room for nine to 19 passengers.The project is separate from Virgin's bid to send customers to the edge of...

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Garmin 'paid multi-million dollar ransom to criminals using Arete IR', say sources

Garmin 'paid multi-million dollar ransom to criminals using Arete IR', say sources

ExclusiveSmartwatch maker Garmin paid a multi-million dollar ransom to criminals who encrypted its computer files through a ransomware negotiation business called Arete IR, sources have told Sky News.Earlier this week Sky News reported that Garmin had to recover its files from the WastedLocker virus.Security sources believe this virus has been developed by individuals linked to Evil Corp, a cyber crime group based in Russia that was last December.According to people with knowledge of the matter, speaking to Sky News on the condition of anonymity, Garmin had initially sought to pay the...

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Twitter faces $250m fine for misusing phone numbers and email addresses

Twitter faces $250m fine for misusing phone numbers and email addresses

Twitter could be facing a fine of up to $250m (£190m) for misusing users' personal information.The social media giant confirmed it was under investigation by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for "inadvertently" misusing people's data.The company said last year that phone numbers and email addresses provided for security were actually used for advertising purposes between 2013 and 2019.According to a draft complaint from the FTC, Twitter violated a promise not to mislead users about the security of their data by allowing it to be used by advertisers for targeted marketing.In a filing to...

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Russian hackers stole US-UK trade talk papers from Liam Fox's email account - report

Russian hackers stole US-UK trade talk papers from Liam Fox's email account - report

Russian hackers stole secret trade deal papers from the email account of former cabinet minister Liam Fox, according to Reuters.The news agency said Dr Fox's account was broken into multiple times between 12 July and 2 October 2019 - in the run-up to last year's general election.It said a "spear phishing" message was used, which tricks the target into handing over their password and login details.Quoting unnamed sources, Reuters reported officials did not say which group was responsible but did insist the attack "bore the hallmarks of a state-backed operation".The agency added it was...

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Drawing featuring typed forward slashes wins art competition

Drawing featuring typed forward slashes wins art competition

A woman has reportedly won £12,000 for a piece of art featuring thousands of forward-slash characters on an A4 piece of paper.Poppy Lekner, who was born in England but moved to New Zealand, got the prize money for coming first in what local media called a prestigious competition.Her "Forward Slash" creation was chosen out of 482 entries to win the 2020 Parkin Drawing Prize - and with it $25,000 (£12,647).She admitted it may not be "everyone's cup of tea", according to the New Zealand Herald.Ms Lekner revealed she only created it the day before entries closed in June, the newspaper...

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North Korea has 'probably' developed mini nuclear devices to fit missile warheads, says UN report

North Korea has 'probably' developed mini nuclear devices to fit missile warheads, says UN report

North Korea has "probably developed miniaturised nuclear devices to fitinto the warheads of its ballistic missile", according to a confidential UN report.It says several unidentified countries believe North Korea's past six nuclear tests have likely helped it to develop such a capability.An interim version of the report - by an independent panel monitoring United Nations sanctions - was submitted to the UN Security Council on Monday and has been seen by the Reuters news agency.It also accuses North Korea of continuing its nuclear ambitions, despite it not carrying out a nuclear test for...

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'This is for my children': Hong Kongers prepare to seize UK offer of a new life

'This is for my children': Hong Kongers prepare to seize UK offer of a new life

This isn't how Mrs Lee imagined her middle age in Hong Kong: doing an anonymous interview, using a pseudonym, as she prepares to leave her home."I am a traditional Hong Konger," she tells Sky News. "I believe there ought to be justice.""I'm not young. I'm 48 and my husband is in his fifties. I have two children. This is for my children."Mrs Lee is among hundreds, if not thousands, of Hong Kong residents preparing to leave the territory and take up the UK's offer of a path to citizenship there.Last year's protests, and Beijing's imposition of a sweeping national security law this year, have...

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Woman has traded this hairpin for a minivan - and reveals plan for getting a house

Woman has traded this hairpin for a minivan - and reveals plan for getting a house

A US woman who began a trading challenge with a hairpin has said she won't stop until she has traded up to a house. Demi Skipper, 29, has had an iPhone and minivan in her possession since her Trade Me Project began two months ago.Among the unlikely trades Ms Skipper, from San Franciso, has completed are a vacuum cleaner for a snowboard and an iPhone 11 Pro Max for a Dodge Ram van.Hey do you need a new boosted board? Hit me up, let’s trade — Demi Skipper @ Trade Me Project (@trademeproj)Sceptics might wonder if her friends are helping her achieve her goal, but under the rules of the...

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Coronavirus: 'Rapid increases' in South Africa cases as more than 500,000 test positive

Coronavirus: 'Rapid increases' in South Africa cases as more than 500,000 test positive

South Africa has confirmed more than 500,000 coronavirus cases, as the number of infections in the African continent climbs towards one million.The country reported a daily rise of 10,107 new infections.This brings the total to 503,290 - the fifth-highest worldwide, behind the US, Brazil, India and Russia, according to Johns Hopkins University in the US.Denis Chopera, a virologist based in Durban, said: "Half a million is a significant milestone, because it shows we've entered a stage of rapid increases. We may reach one million cases very quickly."Many experts think South Africa could...

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Next six months 'most critical in a generation' for climate emergency, says man behind Paris deal

Next six months 'most critical in a generation' for climate emergency, says man behind Paris deal

ExclusiveBritain is failing to show "bold leadership" on climate change, according to the ecologist who drafted the historic Paris Agreement.In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Andrew Higham says he believes the next six months are the most critical "in a generation" for tackling the climate emergency.But he says despite setting itself the target of being net zero by 2050, Britain is not "leveraging the advantages it has" and needs to adopt a more "visionary" approach.In 2015, nearly 200 countries signed the landmark which aimed to limit global warming to well below 2C.It was drafted...

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Record losses cannot be sustained without action, says BA owner

Record losses cannot be sustained without action, says BA owner

The chief executive of British Airways' owner IAG has warned record losses cannot be sustained as he defended cutbacks to the airline.Speaking to Sky News' Ian King Live programme, Willie Walsh stressed the unprecedented challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic and warned it was "going to involve pain for everybody".He was speaking as IAG, which also owns Iberia and Aer Lingus, reported an operating loss of €1.4bn (£1.3bn) euros for the second quarter.The aviation industry globally has been devastated by the halt to flying caused by the COVID-19 crisis, forcing tens of thousands of...

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Boris Johnson has been spooked as England enters tricky new chapter in coronavirus story

Boris Johnson has been spooked as England enters tricky new chapter in coronavirus story

AnalysisThe honeymoon is over.Gone is the optimistic tone of normality returning by Christmas as the scales of influence tip back from the economists to the scientists.So the brakes have been put on. But what could come next?In a hint at a new strategy, we now hear of the need for "trade-offs" with the chief medical officer saying of what can be re-opened.That will lead some to wonder what will need to shut down for things like schools to reopen safely.Boris Johnson has clearly been spooked by an increase in the and worrying signs of a brewing on the continent.The prime minister knows a...

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Coronavirus: New restrictions in northern England 'absolutely necessary', Hancock says

Coronavirus: New restrictions in northern England 'absolutely necessary', Hancock says

BreakingSeparate households are banned from meeting indoors from today in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire after a rise in coronavirus cases.Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News the new restrictions were "absolutely necessary", adding: "When you face a pandemic like this, it is important to move quickly if that's what needed."The news comes after the UK of cases for more than a month.Prime Minister warned the virus was "bubbling up" across the UK.The order, affecting roughly four million people, covers:It means people in these areas will not be...

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Coronavirus: UK sees highest daily total of COVID-19 cases for more than a month

Coronavirus: UK sees highest daily total of COVID-19 cases for more than a month

The government has reported the highest daily number of coronavirus cases in more than a month - as a quarantine for arrivals from Luxembourg was announced.A total of 846 new cases of were reported on Thursday, the highest UK total since 28 June (901 cases).A further 38 people have died across all settings after testing positive for , taking the official death toll to 45,999.The 14-day self-isolation requirement for arrivals from Luxembourg has been reintroduced across the UK from midnight on Thursday following a rise in cases in the country.It comes days after the UK reintroduced the same...

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Mystery of where Stonehenge's giant stones come from solved

Mystery of where Stonehenge's giant stones come from solved

The mysterious origins of Stonehenge's giant sarsen stones have finally been uncovered.A sample of one of the megaliths taken by a maintenance worker in 1958 has revealed the 20-tonne stones come from West Woods - just 15 miles away from the site, near Marlborough.Robert Phillips worked for a Basingstoke-based diamond cutting business that was employed to reinforce one of the upright stones with metal rods more than 60 years ago.While he was working there, he took a core sample and kept it for himself - taking it with him when he emigrated to the US.It stayed there largely unknown for six...

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TikTok influencers jailed in Egypt over 'indecent' videos

TikTok influencers jailed in Egypt over 'indecent' videos

Five TikTok influencers have been jailed in Egypt for posting "indecent" videos on the social media platform. The young women have been sentenced to two years in prison for "violating the values and principles of the Egyptian family", inciting debauchery and promoting human trafficking, according to a statement from the public prosecutor.Haneen Hossam, 20, Mawada Eladhm, 22, and three other unnamed women were also fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds (£14,700) each.Human rights activists say it is the latest crackdown on self-expression in the conservative country, where citizens can be jailed for...

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Charlie Elphicke trial: 'Naughty Tory' found guilty of sexual assault - as wife reveals she has left him

Charlie Elphicke trial: 'Naughty Tory' found guilty of sexual assault - as wife reveals she has left him

Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and is looking at the "very real possibility" of jail time.Elphicke, 49, faced one charge relating to an incident with a woman in her early 30s at his home in 2007, and two involving a parliamentary worker in her early 20s in 2016.His wife, Natalie Elphicke, who was not in the courtroom when the verdicts were returned, wrote in an emotional tweet that the decision had brought "profound sorrow"."It ends my 25 year marriage to the only man I have ever loved. I would ask for some personal space and...

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Trump: 'Delay election' because it will be the 'most inaccurate and fraudulent in history'

Trump: 'Delay election' because it will be the 'most inaccurate and fraudulent in history'

Donald Trump has suggested a delay to November's presidential election, claiming it will be the "most inaccurate and fraudulent in history". However, election dates are set by the US Congress and are enshrined in federal law - meaning they would require an act of Congress to change.There are also no constitutional provisions for a delay to the presidential inauguration in January 2021.- who is trailing presumptive Democratic presidential candidate in the polls - floated the idea of a delay after criticising the country's plans for increased postal voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.He...

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Coronavirus: Vietnam battles COVID-19 strain not seen in country before

Coronavirus: Vietnam battles COVID-19 strain not seen in country before

Every province and city in Vietnam is at risk of a new wave of COVID-19, its prime minister has warned, as territories across Asia suffer a spike in new infections. had been -free for months before the recent outbreak in Da Nang, a city in the centre of the country.Cases have now also been reported in other cities, including Ho Chi Minh city and the capital Hanoi.Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that this coronavirus strain had not been seen in the country before, and some local media reported that the new strain was more contagious than previous ones.Vietnamese scientists say the...

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